By Beng Emmanuel
All three Cameroonian athletes are eager to grab the nation’s first medal at the Paralympic Games after two attempts in 2012 and 2016.
Athletes to represent Cameroon at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games say they are determined to hand the country her first medals at this year’s multi-sport event after two unsuccessful stints during their debut in 2012 and later in 2016.
Three athletes are representing the country in five (5) different disciplines of the competition.
Two of the athletes will be competing in athletics. Mariette Lebog is involved in the women’s 100m and 200m series while her compatriots Guillaume Atangana will compete in the men’s 100m and 400m event. The third athlete, Mimozette Nghamsi will be competing in the powerlifting – 45kg category.
Lebog Judith Mariette Cameroon’s flag bearer at the 2020 Paralympic Games is upbeat about her chances and those of her teammates, given that they arrived Tokyo under difficult conditions.
“We are pleased to participate at the Paralympic Games. The ambiance is incredible. We are fully aware that the Games have begun. Since Rio 2016, we nursed our ambition to represent the country this year and to have a memorable participation,”she told CRTV in an interview.
Track and field sensation Guillaume Atangana is also looking forward to giving a good account of himself. He says “I have been preparing for the Paralympic Games since 2016. I witnessed my compatriots coming close to success in 2016 and I made the resolve to work harder in order to make it to the Games,” he disclosed.
Cameroon’s delegation is made up of three qualified athletes, two guides, and two coaches. The team and guides have been bracing up for the global multi-sport event, having completed a two-week acclimatisation training camp in the Japanese town of Tomakoma.
Cameroon will be among the 4,400 athletes from the 162 national Paralympic committees to compete in 539 medal events across 22 sports.
The Central African nation made its debut in 2012 with Conrat Atangana the country’s lone athlete competing in powerlifting. In 2016, Christian Gobe qualified for Cameroon but finished 8th in the shot put. Despite an unpleasant past, athletes at this year’s games have taken the commitment to brave the odds and excel.
The Tokyo Paralympic Games which began with a powerful opening ceremony on Tuesday will last until September 5.